The second-annual GIVE65 Event was held July 11-13. For 65-hours donors, businesses and nonprofits from across the United States joined together to give seniors hope. Congratulations to all the participating nonprofits! And, a great big thank you to the donors who made the generous decision to GIVE65.
Senior homeowners on fixed lower incomes often find themselves juggling daily living costs, medical, and other expenses, like taxes, utilities and home maintenance. In many cases they are forced to defer maintenance on their homes so that other bills can be paid. This has an impact not only on their self-esteem and quality of life, but can sometimes be dangerous and almost always leads to much more costly problems as time goes on.
We are mounting this campaign so that we will be able to subsidize a portion of the cost of home maintenance and essential repairs for seniors who could not otherwise afford them.
In addition, we will be investing in a portable modular ramp system that can be loaned to homeowners recovering from disabling conditions that prevent them from ambulating safely and independently. We have an agreement with the manufacturer that will allow us to transport, install, uninstall and reuse the metal ramps as need arises.
Senior Ride-A Lifeline To Health Care For Low Income Elderly
by Travelers Aid Society of Birmingham, AL Inc.
Research estimates that one in five Americans age 65 and older no longer drive and people outlive their ability to drive an average of 6 to 11 years. Oftentimes there are health or safety issues that create a dependence upon other sources for transportation needs. Without available, affordable, and accessible transportation there is a risk for deteriorated health, isolation, and an overall diminished quality of health. Lack of transportation is a barrier to health care. It is compounded for people of low income and especially so for the elderly and the disabled, creating a distinct transportation disadvantage. Alleviating transportation barriers can be instrumental in the elderly populations' ability to access health care.
by Independent Transportation Network Lehigh Valley
Limited transportation access affects many aspects of life including basic human needs for nutrition, health, employment, and socialization with family and friends. Most critical of these needs is the ability to access medical care.
According to the US Census Bureau, 25% of older adults ages 65 and older in Lehigh and Northampton Counties live below 200% of the federal poverty level of $21,660. This translates to 27,228 seniors, many of whom face limited transportation options due to limited income.
Seniors often have difficulty walking to the bus stop, or waiting for a bus in inclement weather. For those who live in the suburbs or rural outlying areas transportation may not be available at all or on a limited basis. Often, the transportation burden falls on family and friends who may not be available when needed. For those seniors on a limited income without family or friends close by, there are few options.
The Arthritis and Wellness Institute (AWI) is a non-profit senior wellness center located in sunny Clearwater, Florida. The mission of AWI is to promote and enable longevity and independence through programs that support healthy aging of body and mind.
Three broad areas of lifestyle, EATing, MOVing, and RELAXing, were identified in the Clearwater Osteoarthritis Study as important in preventing, managing, and to some extent, treating arthritis and most diseases of aging. Subsequently, they all have been linked to improved quality of life and have now become the foundation of the programs devised by AWI.
AWI offers three different types of weekly classes: Functional Fitness, Nutrition, and Yoga. The Functional Fitness classes are led by a highly experienced Physical Therapist who was part of the original research study. Our Nutrition program includes topic-specific classes, one-on-one counseling and group weight management classes let by a Registered Dietitian. And our Gentle Yoga classes are led by a highly trained instructor who is also a Registered Nurse. All yoga classes can be modified to meet any physical limitations.